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AP photographers capture defining images of grinding war in Ukraine

People fleeing the capital area crowd under a destroyed bridge over the Irpin River on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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As Russia pressed its war on Ukraine for a second week, AP photographers fulfilled the cooperative’s mission to inform the world with timeliness and accuracy. Their images resonated with online audiences and landed on front pages around the globe — from people desperately fleeing the fighting, to civilians preparing to defend their homeland, to cities under siege, to the grim consequences of war.

Courageous staffers and stringers in key positions throughout Ukraine have all contributed essential images. For AP’s Best of the Week — Second Winner, we honor three photographers working largely from Kyiv in the early weeks of the conflict:

Emilio Morenatti

Barcelona-based staff photographer

Vadim Ghirda

Bucharest-based staff photographer

Efrem Lukatsky

Kyiv-based staff photographer

David Ake, AP assistant managing editor and director of photography had this to say:

“You can’t walk down a hall at AP headquarters without someone stopping you to comment on the images being made by the team in Ukraine. And while the photos are remarkable individually, collectively the body of work is heart-stopping. The AP has a long, storied history of covering wars with a camera. Among those photojournalists are legendary names: Joe Rosenthal, Eddie Adams, Horst Faas, Henri Huet and Anja Niedringhaus to name just a few. This week’s Best of the Week winners and their Ukraine colleagues are worthy successors to that distinguished list.”

In recognition of their remarkable images and more from AP’s photojournalists in Ukraine, we salute Morenatti, Ghirda and Lukatsky with AP’s Best of the Week — Second Winner honors.

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